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Tarring Shop’s alcohol licence suspended

A shop in South Street Tarring has had its alcohol licence suspended for three months following an investigation by West Sussex Trading Standards department.

Premier Supermarket Express, 4-6 South Street, Worthing, West Sussex was visited in November 2011 when an officer found eight bottles of unbranded vodka on display for sale which did not conform to legal requirements.

These products were seized and one bottle was sent for analysis. The analysis confirmed that the product contained propan-2-ol and T-butanol, which are both industrial alcohols and should not be found in genuine vodka products.

The analyst also stated that the duty stamp on the bottle had several irregularities.

There was also no proper invoice provided this purchase and the cash receipt, which was given, had fictitious details on it.
The matter was brought to the attention of Worthing Borough Council as part of the license review procedure and its Licensing Committee has now suspended the shop’s alcohol license for 3 months.

Tarring County Councillor and Member of the Worthing Licensing Committee, Bob Smytherman said:

“I hope this case will serve as a warning to others that these type of sales practices will not be tolerated in Worthing.

“Trading Standards will continue to support businesses and the local economy by ensuring honest traders are not undermined by people selling illegal goods.”